Cooper vetoes measure addressing NC hotel guest rights

August 30, 2021 GMT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed on Monday a measure that would have made clear North Carolina hotel operators could remove short-term residents for misconduct by making clear they lacked the rights of a long-term tenant.

Bill supporters said the measure clarified that tenant protections don’t cover people staying in lodging for less than 90 consecutive days.

Uncertain language in current law makes it harder for hotel operators to move out bad guests, especially during the COVID-19 eviction moratorium, supporters said. Tenant rights are more robust, particularly on evictions.

But bill critics said innkeepers already can get police to remove guests conducting criminal activity, and the measure would hurt needy people during the pandemic. They suggested it would give hotel operators an excuse to push out guests who complain about room conditions or whose payments are late.


“This legislation is not the right way to ensure safety in hotels,” Cooper said in a news release. “It removes legal protections and allows unnecessary harm to vulnerable people, including families with children, who have turned to hotels and motels for housing in a time of need.”

Along with a pistol permit measure he also blocked on Monday, Cooper has now vetoed seven bills this year. There have been no successful overrides.